What are CBD Extracts and Pastes?
CBD Extracts are extracts from the plants (hemp and Cannabis) that produce Cannabidiol (CBD). There are several different types of CBD Extracts, the most popular being CBD Isolates and CBD Paste.
CBD Paste is a whole plant extract from hemp and cannabis that contains the full spectrum of natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the plants. CBD Pastes have a thick, viscous and sticky texture and are usually the base for full-spectrum products.
CBD Isolate is just CBD that has been isolated from the whole plant extract. Meaning, it is purely CBD and CBD only. None of the other cannabinoids that are found in full-spectrum products will be in CBD Isolate products. There are some products that will have terpenes added (like CBDLife’s Terpene Infused Isolate), but these are infused with the isolate after the isolation process. CBD Isolates are usually found in the form of a powder or crystals.
How are CBD Extracts Different from CBD Oil?
One of the most notable differences of CBD Extracts compared to CBD Oil’s you will notice is they come in much higher strengths than CBD Oils or other CBD products. This is because CBD products are made from CBD extracts. CBD Oils are just CBD Extracts diluted in oils like hemp seed, olive or coconut. Any CBD Oils that do not contain any THC are made from a CBD Isolate, and a Full Spectrum CBD Oil will be made from whole-plant paste.
How are CBD Extracts Made?
CBD Extracts can be made through several different processes; CO2 Extraction, Ethanol Extraction, Hydrocarbon Extraction, Lipid Extraction or Winterisation. In general, all of the extraction methods use some type of solvent for the plant material to pass through and dissolve all of the active compounds that are in the plant. Then the active compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other plant materials) are collected to create a whole plant paste or will be further processed for products that need CBD Isolate.
What are the Benefits of CBD Paste/Extracts?
The reason people will prefer a CBD paste is because it is the full extract of the hemp plants so it is higher in strength and is full spectrum. This means that it contains cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, full plant extract, and many of the other nutrients that come from the cannabis and hemp plants such as fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Because they are a whole plant extract they are typically much stronger and only a small amount will be needed to get a daily dose.
Any CBD Isolate extracts are also chosen for their higher strength but do not contain any other cannabinoids since they are pure CBD. Many people will prefer Extracts and Pastes because the higher strengths will give them greater control over how much actual CBD they are getting.
While Extracts will be higher in strength, some people find them difficult to use and this is what usually sways them to try different products. However, pastes and extracts are easier to use than you would think.
How do I use CBD Extracts?
The best way to use CBD paste is by measuring out your daily dose and take it sublingually. Taking it sublingually allows for the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream better than digesting it. To take it sublingually, you just take the small amount that you have measured out and place it under your tongue, hold it there for about 60 seconds and then swallow it. You may want to wash it down with a drink or some food because of the strong plant matter taste.
CBD Isolates can be used in many different ways and are incredibly versatile. The most popular method to consume isolates is by dabbing them with a dab pen, but other methods include cooking with it by diluting it in oils or e-liquids. Check out this blog for more tips on how to use CBD Isolate.